Khalil Greene Will Not Report To Rangers’ Camp

5:15pm: Club officials say there is a one-hundred percent probability that Greene's replacement will be internal, according to Sullivan (via Twitter).

4:58pm: Rangers officials say they have no interest in Lopez, tweets MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

10:58am: Infielder Khalil Greene "will not be joining the team and will not report to spring training camp," according to a statement from the Rangers.  They'll leave the door open for Greene, who signed for $750K as a free agent in January after missing much of '09 with social anxiety disorder.  Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets that "options on Greene could include the restricted list and voiding his contract."

According to another Grant tweet, the Rangers will give Joaquin Arias a longer look for a utility role.  The 25-year-old, who came to the Rangers in '04 as part of the Alex Rodriguez deal, didn't hit much in his second Triple A stint.  Though he had shoulder surgery a few years back, Arias could still be a plus defender.  Also, he's out of options.

Grant also tweets that the Rangers reached out to Felipe Lopez and are surveying the thin free agent market.  They've got Esteban German around as a non-roster invite, but lost Joe Inglett to a Brewers waiver claim in January.


83 Responses to Khalil Greene Will Not Report To Rangers’ Camp Leave a Reply

  1. bjsguess 5 years ago

    Shocking.

    • bucs_lose_again 5 years ago

      He certainly won’t be ordering nearly as many sausage pizzas during Social Studies, now, will he?

  2. ccbean 5 years ago

    No Loss, absolutely terrible player.

  3. ryansiciliano 5 years ago

    Khalil Greene.. what a mess.

  4. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    Maybe it’s time for him to find some quiet monastery where nobody talks or interacts much. Or he could found the first baseball monastery where the theme is: “Shut up and play ball!”

    • “Maybe it’s time for him to find some quiet monastery where nobody talks or interacts much.”

      He already played for the Padres.

  5. No idea why they would even bother signing him to begin with. I guess they took a flyer and it didn’t work out.

    • KeithLawSucksInStl 5 years ago

      What I’m wondering is why HE would even sign a contract in the first place… I wonder what he was thinking.

      I can see a team spending a little on him, he was a promising player at the beginning of his career and he showed signs of recovery last year (that series where he hit 2 or 3 home runs against the Royals comes to mind)…

      This guy just needs to get away from baseball and straighten himself out, something obviously isn’t right…

      • CardinalsOwn 5 years ago

        I remember seeing him do that, I thought he was turning things around too. I was also at the game after that series where he hit a 3 run double i think. Then he went back on the DL for anxiety.. Sad.

  6. Rootdown 5 years ago

    He could never live up to his potential. Just couldn’t hack it I guess and the pressure got to him.

  7. gmart68b 5 years ago

    Poor guy. Sad to see mental illness derail a career in any profession.

  8. riotmute 5 years ago

    Wish him well but he should just retire. He loves the game but can’t handle the pressure and the pressure will always be there, therapy or not

  9. Loved watching him in San Diego. I thought he was going to be a stud. Hope it works out for him.

  10. markjsunz 5 years ago

    Hoping Kahlil can get some help, and have some peace, and a quality life. There are more Important things then baseball. Gods blessing and grace be with you Kahlil.

  11. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    if all i had to do was show up and someone would cut me a $750k check, i’m pretty sure i could pull it together.

    • Chris Mitchell 5 years ago

      But its not that easy for Khalil. I know its hard to imagine, but every day interactions are extremely stressful for him. I’ve been where he is and it’s no fun. It’s probably best for him to get things straightened out.

    • Chris Mitchell 5 years ago

      But its not that easy for Kahlil. I know its hard to imagine, but everyday interactions are extremely stressful for him. I’ve been where he is and its no fun.

      • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

        you know what is fun, though? making a cool $750k for playing baseball. if that doesn’t cheer you up, nothing can.

        • rpriske 5 years ago

          You are missing the point while saying the right thing.

          Having an anxiety disorder isn’t a choice. You are right when you say “nothing can”.

          • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

            so if i’m interpreting all the replies i’m getting correctly: we’re supposed to feel sorry for a millionaire athlete that gets to play baseball and work out all day for a living, and the responsible course of action for khalil greene is to back out of contract, quit his job, and retreat from regular life? somehow none of that sounds right.

          • Have you ever had clinical depression or anxiety? There is more to life than just money, and his mental health is one of those things. Fact of the matter is that what he has is an actual disease and has more people realize this, more businesses treat this as any other illness that the worker needs time off for.

          • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

            just to be clear, though, by “treat” everyone means he should quit his job, retreat from regular life, and take a lot of drugs, though, right? sorry, that’s not how i solve problems.

          • davidwagner 5 years ago

            Yeah, just tough it out, Khalil! I’m sure if he tries hard enough he can rearrange his brain chemistry all on his own, much like how people with diabetes can simply choose to have normal blood sugar levels.

          • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

            i have to admit, you’re right on both points you make. first, diabetes and mental illness are directly comparable. well done on making that connection. second, i agree, there’s no amount of sadness that tons of psychoactive medication can’t fix.

          • davidwagner 5 years ago

            I’m glad you see things logically now. I wish you the best of luck in your future Scientology endeavors.

          • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

            how dare you disrespect a completely legitimate religion.

          • davidwagner 5 years ago

            It would indeed be pretty disrespectful to the religion to link you to it. I really hadn’t thought of it that way.

          • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

            it seems as if you don’t think of a lot of things in a lot of ways. perhaps you should consider quitting your job and signing yourself up for lots of prescription drugs.

          • davidwagner 5 years ago

            Now you’re just hurting my feelings.

          • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

            its probably not a good policy to let your emotional state be at all affected by an anonymous commenter on an internet message board. if this has been personally hurtful, i apologize for my part in that.

          • markjsunz 5 years ago

            I am not sure how old you are, or prehaps you lack any compassion for people, but he has a mental illness, just as some physical illnesses will make us have to quit our job at times mental issues will also cause the same thing. The goverment recognizes this as a disease and pays people disability benifits for those who are afflicted.Being a baseball player is no big deal when you are suffering the way Khalil is. I am sure if you make a million or more a year, or minimum wage, this disease does not discriminate.
            Hats of to the texas rangers for keeping a spot open for him.

          • bjsguess 5 years ago

            All the money in the world doesn’t matter if you experience extreme anxiety or depression. It is absolutely crippling.

            If you haven’t experienced it first hand or been around friends and family that have it you really have no idea what you are talking about.

          • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

            eeesh. we’ve been over this. it’s not the money, it’s that khalil greene has a great life for a great number of reasons. i’m not saying he doesn’t have a problem, i’m just saying that quitting your job and signing up for a bunch of high-power pharmaceuticals is not the way i would go about trying to solve this problem. is there anything wrong with that?

        • Roll Fizzlebeef 5 years ago

          I don’t think it’s as easy as putting money in front of his problem to make it go away. The man is suffering from a very real problem that is causing him mental distress and it’s been affecting his play quite clearly. It isn’t typical nervousness or lack of confidence, rather a chronic fear of being judged and constantly scrutinizing every last detail about how he is presented in public.

          He needs to get it treated, then get back into baseball if he chooses. Zack Greinke had the exact same issue as Khalil and he’s rebounded just fine. All the best to Greene and his health.

        • Roll Fizzlebeef 5 years ago

          I don’t think it’s as easy as putting money in front of his problem to make it go away. The man is suffering from a very real problem that is causing him mental distress and it’s been affecting his play quite clearly. It isn’t typical nervousness or lack of confidence, rather a chronic fear of being judged and constantly scrutinizing every last detail about how he is presented in public.

          He needs to get it treated, then get back into baseball if he chooses. Zack Greinke had the exact same issue as Khalil and he’s rebounded just fine. All the best to Greene and his health.

  12. bobc78 5 years ago

    I have social anxiety. The fact that most people are ignorant when it comes to this situation is not news to me. I’ve been dealing with these people for 30+ years. Really until around 10 years ago even most mental health professionals were completely unaware of s.a. and I was abused by doctors.

    I was never an elite athlete, but I had extreme expectations of another kind. FWIW, I have worked through things completely from a cognitive standpoint. However, social anxiety manifests in physical symptoms as well. Even when I try my hardest to deal with it and push through situations there are always symptoms that people notice and usually try to use against me.

    Most of the people I know with extreme S.A. are fortunate to treat/contain it to a level that allows them to just get by in life, with the use of chemicals and therapy. This often includes living very modestly and accepting work and other opportunities well below their skill level. There are many others that pretty much never go anywhere. A lucrative job offer in any field is not going to “cure.”

    In a way I am envious of the type of people who think that no one is depressed or that a million bucks buys happiness,etc. They probably lead a blissful existence, and on some level that’s what most of us want. Some of us have brains that aren’t so simple, good and bad.

  13. specialk27 5 years ago

    Geez guys come on. empathizerightonyourbehind is trolling. Ignore him and he might go away, respond and you make his argument relevant. Plus, he’s probably a Mets fan.

    • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

      for the record:

      1. legitimate argument against quitting your job and taking psychoactive meds as a treatment for depression ≠ trolling.

      2. calling someone a mets fan is easily worse than anything i’ve written here.

  14. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    let’s make one thing clear, too, as i feel that i’ve misrepresented my self: i’m rooting for khalil greene to get better. i just think that sticking with the team, getting some time in the sun, and working to realize how pretty darn good your life is, is the path i would take, not quitting and taking drugs. that’s just one man’s opinion, but i think it’s a legitimate one.

    • bjsguess 5 years ago

      If only we could down rank / ignore morons this guy …

      • markjsunz 5 years ago

        Agreed

      • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

        Disagree.

        People can have viewpoints different than your own. Sorry.

        Also “ignore morons this guy”? Ironic much?

  15. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    alright, guys. i was having fun at first, then things got serious, now they’re in a place that i feel totally uncomfortable. i never intended to “troll”, but i probably didn’t mean 100% of what i said either. in any case, this probably isn’t a conversation we should be having here. i’m sincerely sorry if i’ve caused anyone undue stress. let’s put this one to rest.

    peace and baseball

  16. HalfSt 5 years ago

    People, people! All this argument is taking away from my enjoyment of Felipe Lopez being paid back in disinterest for the disinterest he showed the Nationals when they paid him to play baseball!!!!

  17. Jman1213 5 years ago

    Best of luck Khalil. As someone with Asperger’s syndrome and who’s battled depression for years, I feel terrible for Khalil and I hope and pray he can get the help he needs.

    • Holy_Roman_Emperor 5 years ago

      I also have Aspergers syndrome, my friend.

  18. matchmade 5 years ago

    Maybe after he is released from the Rangers the Royals should offer him an incentive laden deal. They helped Zack through his social anxiety disorder, and having another guy on the team that learned how to cope with it may work like a support group. KC is about as small market as you get in MLB and the fact that they plan on fielding clowns like Yuniesky Betancourt he might actually be an upgrade in that infield.

  19. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    money is one thing, realizing how absolutely lucky you are to have the chance to live in america and have the amazing physical gifts necessary to play major league baseball is another. the dude, objectively, has a pretty good life. i’m sure before long he’ll realize that. all i’m sayin’…

  20. Roll Fizzlebeef 5 years ago

    He’s suffering from irrational fear of interacting with and performing for people. It’s not an issue of him just not feeling good about himself. He’s is quite literally and chronically terrified of what people think of him and how he performs in his everyday life. I’m sure he understands that he’s got the ability, but his mind is dealing with constant second guessing and doubts that are chemically beyond his normal control.

  21. Roll Fizzlebeef 5 years ago

    He’s suffering from irrational fear of interacting with and performing for people. It’s not an issue of him just not feeling good about himself. He’s is quite literally and chronically terrified of what people think of him and how he performs in his everyday life. I’m sure he understands that he’s got the ability, but his mind is dealing with constant second guessing and doubts that are chemically beyond his normal control.

  22. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    what’s not simple about this:

    you’re khalil greene
    you’re physically gifted
    you’re able to play major league baseball
    you’re wealthy
    people want to let you play more baseball and make you more wealthy

    and, like you said, baseball is just entertainment. so where’s the anxiety coming from? someone needs to grow up, but it’s not me.

  23. Roll Fizzlebeef 5 years ago

    The anxiety comes from the fact that he cannot control the chemical impulses in his brain that cause the anxiety in the first place. It’s a mental disorder. He is stewing in his own self doubt and he needs medical treatment in order to balance out his brain. It doesn’t matter that’s he’s wealthy, physically gifted, plays a sport on a major level, or the fact that people want him to play for him.

    If anything, it probably makes him feel more anxiety because of the fact that people have a level of expectations that he feels he can never achieve because he can’t stop worrying about not living up to expectations due to the chemistry in his head being out of balance. This turns into a down year (ala 2009) and he feels worse about himself, which causes the impulses in his brain to send more anxiety into his system.

  24. Roll Fizzlebeef 5 years ago

    The anxiety comes from the fact that he cannot control the chemical impulses in his brain that cause the anxiety in the first place. It’s a mental disorder. He is stewing in his own self doubt and he needs medical treatment in order to balance out his brain. It doesn’t matter that’s he’s wealthy, physically gifted, plays a sport on a major level, or the fact that people want him to play for him.

    If anything, it probably makes him feel more anxiety because of the fact that people have a level of expectations that he feels he can never achieve because he can’t stop worrying about not living up to expectations due to the chemistry in his head being out of balance. This turns into a down year (ala 2009) and he feels worse about himself, which causes the impulses in his brain to send more anxiety into his system.

  25. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    i know what a neurotransmitter is. i also know what “growing up and dealing with shiz” is.

    so, am i to believe that the only “responsible” course of action is to recommend that khalil greene withdraw from his daily routine, quit his job, spend less time outside, and take a lot more pharmaceuticals? that doesn’t sound right.

  26. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    Apology accepted.

  27. vtadave 5 years ago

    I hope that when you grow up and have a family member affected by mental illness that you’ll be less of an ass-hat to them than you are on this board.

  28. davidwagner 5 years ago

    So I take it you just skipped right over the brain chemistry part. Luddites unite!

    EDIT: this should have been a reply to your comment further down.

  29. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    so i’m the immature one, and you’re the one wishing ill on other people? ok, gotcha.

  30. davidwagner 5 years ago

    That’s not what he said at all. He’s hoping that, someday, you can become a decent human being, which would presumably be a positive development. He’s aiming for the stars, I know, but some people are optimistic that way.

  31. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    no, here’s what he said: “I hope that when you grow up and have a family member affected by mental illness.”

    and i’m the unsympathetic, immature one.

  32. davidwagner 5 years ago

    I don’t think he was wishing ill on your family members, but rather acknowledging that there is a decent chance that someone in your family *will* (or already does) have a mental disorder. It’s just playing the odds.

  33. markjsunz 5 years ago

    Who cares what you think. One day in your life little boy you also will be suffering over something, prehaps a death in the family, prehaps a health reversal or a financial reversal. It will be something you have no control over. After a long enough period of suffering you might have some compassion for others, when no one has compassion for you . Anyway you might just be posting what you are posting to get a negative reaction out of people.

  34. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    by “odds” i assume you mean some statistic you completely made up?

  35. davidwagner 5 years ago

    According to the NIMH, actually. The current estimate is 26% of Americans have a mental disorder of some kind. I found it in about two seconds.

    You know four people, right?

  36. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    1. i’m sure you had this statistic in mind when you blindly made that claim.
    2. congrats on your google search.
    3. “of some kind”
    4. you’re right, i know four people, and they haven’t walked away from a great job and signed themselves up for high-power pharmaceuticals. if they do, i’ll tell them not to, also.

  37. Stop feeding the troll. He doesn’t believe (even though he’ll reply to this comment saying he does) what he’s saying. empathizerightonyourbehind is an attention whore, he’ll say anything to get a rise out of you idiots. He most likely doesn’t get enough social interaction through school and friends, so he goes online and acts out to get attention. Leave him be.

    THIS IS NOT WHAT THE COMMENT SECTION IS FOR!

  38. bjsguess 5 years ago

    You must be a professional baseball player. If not get your lazy butt off the couch and hit the diamond. I don’t care if you are too short, too tall, too skinny or too fat, if you have 20/100 vision or only one leg. You should be able to play MLB. Period. Genetics or life experiences should NOT IN ANY WAY impede your ability to a professional baseball player.

    If you are not playing MLB then it’s all your fault. I don’t want to hear any crap about not having the right physical tools. You are in COMPLETE control of your body. If you want to run faster or hit the ball further work out harder. There is no excuse.

  39. bjsguess 5 years ago

    Agree

  40. davidwagner 5 years ago

    Fair enough.

  41. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    what a noble internet message-boardsman you are.

  42. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    people should use drugs to control their brain. you’re right, i’m wrong.

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